First half summary: Broncos 24, 49ers 10


First half summary: Broncos 24, 49ers 10

DENVER -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman and tight end Delanie Walker each went through pregame warmups but each was held out of the 49ers' exhibition game Sunday against the Denver Broncos.Smith (right hip), Bowman (left knee) and Walker (right knee) have been nursing minor injuries.The 49ers' first-team defense had a difficult time against Peyton Manning, as they were pursuing the Broncos offense down the field in the first quarter. Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards with touchdown passes to Eric Decker of 10 and 5 yards. Manning played exclusively against the 49ers' first-team defense.
Caleb Hanie replaced Manning in the second quarter. Cornerback Perrish Cox, who played 2010 for the Broncos intercepted Hanie on his first possession.Alex Smith completed 5 of 7 passes for 69 yards. The offense looked out of sync throughout. The only good play was Smith's 44-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis, which came immediately following a failed onside kick.Colin Kaepernick played just the final snap of the first half. The Broncos led 24-10 at halftime.The only injury of the first half came in the second quarter when outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari left the game with a head injury. He left the field under his own power.
Offensive snaps
QB: Alex Smith 16, Colin Kaepernick 1
RB: Frank Gore 9, Bruce Miller, 7, Anthony Dixon 4, Kendall Hunter 5, Rock Cartwright 1.
WR: Michael Crabtree 9, Randy Moss 10, Kyle Williams 5, Ted Ginn 6, A.J. Jenkins 1, Brett Swain 1.
TE: Vernon Davis 14, Konrad Reuland 5, Demarcus Dobbs 4, Leonard Davis 2, Will Tukuafu 2.
LT: Joe Staley 17
LG: Mike Iupati 17
C: Jonathan Goodwin 17
RG: Alex Boone 17
RT: Anthony Davis 17First defense
LE: Ray McDonald
NT: Isaac Sopoaga
RE: Justin Smith
LOLB: Ahmad Brooks
ILB: Larry Grant
ILB: Patrick Willis
ROLB: Parys Haralson
LCB: Carlos Rogers
RCB: Tarell Brown
SS: Donte Whitner
FS: Dashon Goldson
Third corner: Tramaine BrockSecond defense
LE: Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams
RE: Rick Jean Francois, Demarcus Dobbs
LOLB: Eric Bakhtiari. Ikaika Alama-Francis replaced Bakhtiari, who sustained head injury.
ILB: Larry Grant
ILB: Michael Wilhoite
ROLB: Parys Haralson, Kenny Rowe
LCB: Perrish Cox
RCB: Tramaine Brock
SS: C.J. Spillman
FS: Trenton Robinson
Nickel back: Michael Thomas

Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job


Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job

Ken Norton Jr.'s stay with the 49ers lasted about one week.

Last Monday, the 49ers hired Norton as the assistant head coach -  defense/inside linebackers. But now, he's going to exercise an opt-out in his contract in order to return to the Seahawks to become the defensive coordinator.

Originally reported by the NFL Network and KING 5 News in Seattle, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area the news that Norton was given permission to leave.

"Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position," Shanahan said.

Serving as Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator in Oakland, Norton was fired by the Raiders on Nov. 21. Norton coached the Seattle linebackers from 2010 through 2014.

This past week, Norton sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area to discuss his relationship with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and shared his thoughts on Reuben Foster.

Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots


Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer his backup, but the 49ers quarterback should still be cheering for Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl. 

Well, at least his wallet should. 

Garoppolo earns a big payday if the Patriots win two more games. If the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl, Garoppolo can add $56,000 and another $56,000 if New England wins it all. 

The Patriots play the winner of Jaguars vs Steelers in their seventh straight AFC Championship Game. 

The 26-year-old finished up the last year of his rookie deal this season. He signed a four-year, $3,483,898 contract when the Patriots drafted him in 2014. Garoppolo made a base salary of $434,158 in 2017. 

After leading the 49ers to five straight wins as the team's starting quarterback, the team is expected to try to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract or give him the franchise tag is negotiations hit a snag.